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Once Again With Feeling

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This story is No. 5 in the series "Hunting the Night". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: The new cycle begins and some old friends return to join the Nighthunters. Some new ones show up as well!!!

Categories Author Rating Chapters Words Recs Reviews Hits Published Updated Complete
Multiple Crossings > Multiple Pairings
Literature > Vampire/Supernatural > Dracula
ArjaiHFR18915,328053,9742 May 0914 May 09Yes

Chapter 9: Returning Home

Chapter 9: Returning Home
Disclaimer: Xander, Buffy, and anyone or anything else that pertains to BtVS/Angel belongs to Joss Whedon.
Dracula belongs to the estate of Bram Stoker, or Francis Ford Coppola, or someone I think.
Larry Talbot, the Frankenstein Monster, and some others may belong to Universal Pictures.
‘NCIS’ belongs to Belisarius Productions, and CBS.
Ghost rider belongs to Marvel Comics, Dimension Films, Crystal Sky Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, and Sony (Whew!), and was played to perfection by Nicholas Cage!
‘Bones’ belongs to Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and author Kathy Reichs.
Anybody knew you recognize probably belongs to someone else who for the record is still not me!
OCs belong to me and me, and me alone…as always I remain…the man behind the black velvet curtain with gold curtain rings.

“Spoken”
* Thought*
#Mental Communication#
##Dream##

Chapter 9: Returning Home

Oh, don't let the changes get you down, no
You'll see the world turned upside down
If you listen, you'll hear the word
When it comes around, when it comes around
I saw the ruins once the smoke cleared
Once upon returning home
A tough of sadness but no fear
Once upon returning home
I don't know what I cried about but
Reality removed all doubt
I felt warm but all alone
Once upon returning home
Returning home, yeah

Song: Returning Home Artist: Sammy Hagar

The autopsy of Senor Jose Maria Roderigo Rivera e Villalobos had begun. Medical Doctors Mallard and Hall were joined by forensic anthropologist Doctor Brennan, and forensic scientist and criminologist Abby Sciuto. The autopsy promised to be a long drawn out messy affair, parts of the body had been eaten, clawed, torn off, and some were nowhere to be found!

Guardian Angels Rupert Giles, and Jenny Calendar-Giles were performing autopsies of a different kind with the aid of Peter John Fisher, and Timothy McGee. While Giles and Pete went over the remains of the magic, and occult books, and grimiores, Jenny an McGee went through what was left of the records, and tape recordings that Villalobos had kept in his office. This ‘autopsy’ too was long and tedious.

Wounds had been bound, the club had been closed, and decisions had been made. After a brief period of time, and a lot of cleanup and repair, the House of Wolves would reopen under new management: too wit Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Osborne. The house band would be recruited and named simply Dingos II. Oz would sing lead play bass guitar, and Laura Lee would sing backup and play the organ. She would also teach archeology part time at one of the area colleges.

Seeley sat talking to Tony and Jethro about cases they had worked on. Nothing had to be held back…they were from different worlds, and were actually in a reality that was different than their own two! Booth didn’t find it as difficult to believe in the supernatural as Brennan did but he still didn’t understand it all. For one thing he had a difficult time wrapping his head around the fact that Mina, Vlad, Svetlana, Drusilla, and Marie were actually vampires, dead bodies animate by a mystical force, retaining a soul, and kept alive by the drinking of blood. God, the four women were absolutely beautiful, with warm and loving personalities, and Vlad was a handsome man with a friendly, almost gentle demeanor…and too boot he was friggen’ DRACULA!

Xander was still trying to calm Buffy down. Mina’s impromptu announcement almost put her into shock! He wasn’t all that calm himself, he was giddy, and shocked, but he knew that getting Buffy to calm down would calm him too, and it was his husbandly duty. Husbandly duty is what he had done to start the ball rolling on this mess in the first place…though he did thoroughly enjoy THAT duty!

Buffy’s brain was in a turmoil. She was going to be a mom! Would her kid(s) be immortal too, or would she have to watch the grow old and die. She was overjoyed to be a mom, but she was not sure if she would be a good one! Xander would be a great dad, of that she was sure…wasn’t she. Would he become like his dad, no surely not! Xander was nothing like Tony Harris absolutely nothing at all. She put that fear to rest in her chaotic thoughts once and for all.

Drusilla wandered up, “Slayer bears the first real slayer to be born in THIS world, the first MALE Slayer ever! Ian Vlad Harris, a hero shall be, a True Slayer down through the ages will his name be known. Blond, and beautiful, beloved of the stars, or so poor Miss Edith tells me from her cold distant tomb!” She smiled at her brother, and wandered off singing ‘Rock-A-Bye Baby’ to herself.”

“Drusilla gets to name our son,” Buffy said incredulously? “After Jack-The-Ripper, and Vlad Dracula no less!”

She paused a moment, then said, “Actually I do like the name…oh, what the hell he will have aunts and uncles who are vampires, werewolves, witches, reformed serial killers, and at least one homemade monster uncle so why not!”

“Don’t forget angels for a grandpa, and grandma,” Xander said with a big smile.
Buffy smiled, thinking of how Grandpa Rupert and Grandma Jenny were going to take this…unless they already knew.

“Buffy I just thought Ian is the old Scottish name for John,” Xander said suddenly.

“So.” She looked at him oddly?

“Vlad is a shortened form of the Russian Vladimir isn’t it,” he asked?

“I think so I’m not really up on my Russian namieology,” she cocked her head wondering what he was getting at.

“Vlad Dracula calls himself John Draco in England cuz’ he said Vlad means John in English. So the baby’s name would essentially be John John,” Xander raised and eyebrow.

Buffy almost laughed until she cried!

Just then McGee and Abby rushed into the cafeteria at almost the same time from different directions.

“Gibbs, Gibbs, Gibbs,” Abby shouted.

“Gibbs, Booth there’s good news and bad news!” said McGee.

“Ooo, Ooo, me first, me first,” Abby said.

“Um...Ok Abby, ladies first,” McGee conceded.

“The ‘Ghoulmaster’ as he liked to be called had a hinky gland inside his head and it's not decaying, like, at all. Nobody could tell what it did. So I cast an identification spell that Grandmama taught me on it, and it glowed green and a small portal opened, just big enough to stick a finger through, but nobody did,” she gushed!

“And Mrs. Giles and I found a file on what was left of the hard drive that tells how to direct the portals to what realities. There is one problem though…” McGee started to temporize.

“Spit it out McGee” Gibbs growled.

“Mr. Giles found something in one of remains of one of the older books, a grimiore from the second century written in Etruscan I think, more of a set of scrolls that a book actually it was boun together with…” he trailed off again.

“McGee,” Gibbs said getting up from the table a scowl on his face!

“What Mr. McGee does not want to say is that any world touched by one of Senor Rivera e Villalobos’ portals is now vulnerable to the supernatural and its denizens…even Mr. Booth’s previously non-magical world. The senor neither knew about this nor did he care enough to adequately research it.” Giles stood in the doorway, frowning, “bloody amateurs! It will take us a day or two to carry out the needed research. We’ve put in a call to Dawn she should be able to help us determine exactly the right combination to open a portal to your dimension Mr. Booth.” He finished by polishing his glasses.excitedly.

“By the way, Doctor Brennan would like to see you in your rooms as soon as it is convenient for you, Agent Booth.” Abby added almost as an afterthought.

Booth arrived at the suite that they had been assigned at the Hilton about an hour and a half later. He was met at the door by Temperance. She was wearing what could only be described as a very flimsy negligee and some how he knew that one of the two bedrooms was going to go unused tonight.

Two days later The Nighthunter tech/magic teams had figured out a way to get Booth and Brennan back home. Booth carried a message to his U.S. government outlining the multiverse and the new peril that their reality had been placed in by Villalobos’ bumbling spell casting. A meeting was to be arranged between ranking members of the government and whatever allies the U.S. deemed trustworthy especially England, and the Nighthunter group within a few days. A portal coin was given to them as were several history books from the Nighthunter reality. It was hoped that this would act as tangible proof of the authenticity of the message. The fact that the message would also read itself out loud in Mina’s voice would help.

Goodbyes were said, with hugs from Brennan, and handshakes from Booth, and a few shed tears on both sides.

Agent Tyrell decided that she was going to stay there with her brother gone she felt she had no real reason to return home. She had gotten close to Tim McGee here and decided that she could do as much good here as she could at home. Tim always did like Kate, and this Kate liked him too.

Booth carried her letter of resignation with him, he could only wish her well.

As the anthropologist, and the federal agent stepped through the portal, both groups hoped that they would meet again.


Author’s Note: The end of the story…not the end of the series. No, Booth and Brennan didn’t stay. Their lives are elsewhere and they are needed there. Now that magic and the supernatural can invade their world life may just get even more interesting than it was before. Anyway Kate Tyrell and Zack Newton will be welcome additions to the Nighthunter crew.
ArjaiH (RJH) PS: Reviews tell a writer if you like the direction that a story or series is taking. Please review.

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